By Matthew Arco
PATERSON – Gov. Chris Christie told Paterson residents that failing public schools and lawmakers unwilling to enact change in the state’s education system are robbing New Jersey’s urban students of a future.
Garnering applause as well as sharp criticism from at least one town hall resident who shouted at Christie to “fix our public schools,” the governor told residents the very lawmakers who represent urban districts are the ones harming their constituents. (more…)
NEWARK — Nearly all of Newark’s most disadvantaged elementary and middle school students attend failing district and charter schools, a report released today has found.
The report, commissioned by the district and prepared by the Boston-based consulting company Parthenon, analyzed student proficiency in math and reading, college readiness and test score growth in 85 charter and district schools across the state’s largest city. (more…)
A spokeswoman for the state Education Department declined to comment. The district’s interim superintendent, Reuben Mills, and the president of the Camden Board of Education, Kathryn Blackshear, did not return telephone calls.
A past effort shows the parents may have a tough time convincing the courts if Cerf’s response is deemed inadequate. (more…)
They say children’s education is suffering, future jeopardized
CAMDEN — The mothers of three students have asked the state Department of Education to find new schools outside the failing district immediately for their children.
Citing DOE studies and the comments of Education Commissioner Chris Cerf, the students’ lawyers assert that Camden schools are among the worst in the nation and students lose time in their academic life as long as they have to attend them. (more…)
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The mothers of three Camden boys filed a legal petition Monday asking the state education commissioner to declare that the city’s schools do not meet the constitutional requirement of providing children with a thorough and efficient education, and to find better-performing schools for their sons immediately and for the 15,000 other students in the district soon. (more…)
TRENTON – The parents of three Camden public school students filed a petition Monday asking the state Department of Education to immediately transfer their children to higher-performing schools at state expense, arguing that Camden had failed to meet New Jersey’s constitutional requirement of providing a “thorough and efficient” education. (more…)
PARENTS FILE PETITION AGAINST CAMDEN BOARD OF EDUCATION
MEDIA ADVISORY: Press conference Monday, October 15th, 2012, 11AM State House, Trenton NJ, regarding the filing of class action petition by 3 Camden parents demanding immediate access to a constitutionally adequate education for their children who attend Camden public schools. (more…)
Despite Gov. Christie’s frequent calls for no delay in repairing New Jersey’s failing schools, the state for over a year has had the information and means to step in and provide increased help and oversight to improve Camden’s schools, but has not.
A report made through the state’s Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC) process last June found Camden failing in three of five performance areas – personnel, instruction and program, and governance. In the other two areas, operations and fiscal management, the scores were low enough to warrant correction. (more…)